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HOW MODERN MONEY WORKS — Economist Alan Nasser presents a slashing indictment of the vicious nature of finance capitalism; The Bio-Social Facts of American Capitalism: David Price excavates the racist anthropology of Earnest Hooten and his government allies; Is Zero-Tolerance Policing Worth More Chokehold Deaths? Martha Rosenberg and Robert Wilbur assay the deadly legacy of the Broken Windows theory of criminology; Gaming the White Man’s Money: Louis Proyect offers a short history of tribal casinos; Death by Incarceration: Troy Thomas reports from inside prison on the cruelty of life without parole sentences. Plus: Jeffrey St. Clair on how the murder of Michael Brown got lost in the media coverage; JoAnn Wypijewski on class warfare from Martinsburg to Ferguson; Mike Whitney on the coming stock market crash; Chris Floyd on DC’s Insane Clown Posse; Lee Ballinger on the warped nostalgia for the Alamo; and Nathaniel St. Clair on “Boyhood.”
Archives from August 2014
Obama’s “Catastrophic Defeat” in Ukraine
MIKE WHITNEY
“We are currently witnessing an epic and historic event. The Ukrainian regular army and the punitive battalions are suffering a catastrophic defeat to the south of Donetsk…..It still is not quite clear how the Junta intends to avoid a complete defe...
A Rubber Bullet to the Head
DIEGO FILIU
Palestine, Israel. One of the longest conflicts in history. One of the most mediatized ones as well. And surely one of the most complex to solve. This conflict, I had studied it, even before being admitted to a Middle-East-focused BA degree at the Paris Institute o...
Bad Apples in Ferguson
ISHMAEL REED
Given the fact that the Jim Crow media are dominated by the POVs of middle and upper-class whites, mostly males, it was no surprise that most of the commentary and reporting about Ferguson was managed by people who never experienced racial profiling. People like CNN’s J...
Gadgets Turning Me Into an Idiot!
ANDRE VLTCHEK
I feel challenged, at times dumb. I am constantly behind. And that is where the multi-nationals want me to be. That is how they want me to feel: a total retard, a failure. Computers are evolving; smart phones, cameras and recorders are changing their operati...
What is Going On?
DAVID STANSFIELD
We have now reached the point in our story where we no longer know what is going on. Moore’s law still reigns supreme over the technological playground, but it appears that our toys have outgrown us – or are very, very close to doing so. Each prediction about what thi...
Cancer, Politics and Capitalism
LOUIS PROYECT
After working for a series of unsavory financial institutions for 15 years, I accepted a position as a database administrator at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in 1983 with an eager sense of anticipation. Finally I would be doing something professionally t...
Cairo: City of Walls
NAEL SHAMA
Cities talk, smile, frown, wail and rejoice, but their language can be only heard by those who care to listen. A city’s architecture and art, planning and design, streets and traffic, houses and shacks, signs and billboards, advertisements and banners, all speak about i...
The Aesthetics of a Permanent State of Exception
CHRIS GILBERT
Caracas. More than 200 years ago Immanuel Kant took on the task of theorizing the sublime and the beautiful in his Critique of Judgment. In contrast to the beautiful, which is immediately pleasurable and harmonious, the sublime proceeds from impressions of...
Human Needs, Dirty Deeds
LEE BALLINGER
I spent almost all of first grade in bed with rheumatic fever. By summer, the doctors told my parents that against all odds I had fully recovered and would have no limitations in life. Bert Berns was not so lucky. He had rheumatic fever as a teenager and was told th...
The Political Crisis in France
PHILIPPE MARLIERE
After the sudden dissolution of his government, French president François Hollande is edging ever a bit closer to the political abyss. His prime minister, Manuel Valls, has just formed a new cabinet, which excludes three major socialist “rebels”: Arnaud Montebourg (e...
Laborless Day
BERNARD MARSZALEK
Labor Day needs some serious retooling. With millions out of work and the prospects of good paying (mostly union) jobs disappearing at a steady pace, Labor Day increasingly takes on the aspect of a memorial, not a celebration. Gone are the days I remember in my youth when...
Coca-Cola and Its Egregious History
HEATHER GRAY
Note: Years ago, Alex Cockburn tried to encourage me to write a book about The Coca-Cola Company.  I haven’t done this yet. But he would be pleased, however, about me mentioning the recent victory reported by the India Resource Center regarding “...
Washington Piles Lie Upon Lie
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The latest Washington lie, this one coming from NATO, is that Russia has invaded Ukraine with 1,000 troops and self-propelled artillery. How do we know that this is a lie? Is it because we have heard nothing but lies about Russia from NATO, from US ambassador to th...
No American Arms for Lebanon until Civil Rights for Palestinians
FRANKLIN LAMB
Lebanese politicians late this summer are consumed with what they habitually do best. And that is to wring their hands and exclaim ‘the sky is falling’ while blaming other countries from the US and Wahhabist Saudi Arabia to Shia Iran, Zionist Israel, oil rich Qatar, l...
Sanctioning the New Cold War
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
The Financial Times commented on August 10 that in reaction to the chaos in Ukraine, “Western policy has become a mere knee-jerk escalation of sanctions”, and for once the FT has got it right about foreign affairs. The US and its disciples in Europe and Austra...
Nine Years After Katrina: It’s All About the Takeover
JORDAN FLAHERTY
Deon Haywood is the Executive Director of Woman With a Vision, a New Orleans social justice non-profit founded in 1991 by a grassroots collective of African-American women in response to the spread of HIV/AIDS in communities of color. ...
Inside Ebola
DADY CHERY
Ask anyone what is Ebola, and the only reasonable answer you might get to this question is that it is a virus. The rest is fantasy, and these flights of fancy are not limited to the general public. At least one scientific editor has described the disease caused by the vir...
Back to the Cold War
SERGE HALIMI
Paris. In 1980 Ronald Reagan expressed his idea of relations between the United States and the Soviet Union in one short sentence: “We win, they lose.” Twelve years later, his immediate successor at the White House, George H W Bush, was satisfied that ...
Imagine: Cuba
MATEO PIMENTEL
Imagine living in the world’s most literate nation—a nation where health care is free and universal, and of the highest quality by world standards. Imagine that, in this nation, education (also free and universal) is not only considered a human right, but it is...
Palestine and Israel: The Current Cease-Fire
ROBERT FANTINA
As the U.S. –provided bombs have temporarily stopped killing Palestinian children, the world breathes a sigh of relief, and turns to such important issues as the wedding of Angeline Jolie and Brad Pitt. Yet for the people of Palestine, both in the Gaza Strip and the Wes...
How the US Enables Israel
RON FORTHOFER
Many Americans may think this foreign policy issue doesn’t concern them. If they think about this issue at all, many say that it’s not our business and we should just let them fight it out. However the US has been deeply involved in this conflict since before ...
The Cruel Myths About Teachers
WALTER BRASCH
It’s Labor Day weekend, the schools have been in session about a week, and the disgruntled voices of a minority drone on. Their screeching refrain, often in letters to the editor and talk show call-ins, is familiar: –Teachers only work half a ye...
Why We Should Not Go To War Over James Foley
JOHN GRANT
Back in June 2011, James Foley gave an hour-long interview before an auditorium of students from the Medill School...